Lecture221 - Objectives Biomechanics of tendon and...

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Objectives Biomechanics of tendon and ligaments Function, composition and structure of tendons and ligaments Biomechanical properties – effect of aging, pregnancy, immobilization and drugs.
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Ligaments Connect bone to bone Functions Augment mechanical stability of the joint Guide Joint motion Prevent excessive extension
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Tendons Attaches muscle to bone Functions Transmits tensile load to the bone Enable muscle belly to be away from the the point or origin and insertion
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Composition Cellular materials (fibroblasts) – 20% of tissue vol. Extracellular Matrix – 80% of tissue volume Extracellular matrix make-up 70% Water 30% Solid (Collagen, elastin and ground substance)
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Collagen
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Collagen
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Elastin is a protein that is scarcely present in tendons and extremity ligaments.
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